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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016
Origins Available: English
The history of the name Steel goes back 1066 when the Norman Conquest
occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to a person who was strong or reliable.
The surname Steele
is a metaphor likening the constitution of its bearer to the hard metal of the same name.
The surname Steel was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times where they were Lords of the manor of Giddy Hall near Sandbach, and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were conjecturally descended from Bigot de Loges, a Norman noble who attended King William at the Battle of Hastings. However, William the Conqueror suppressing an uprising by his northern nobles in 1070, laid waste all of Sandbach, a large district in Cheshire
, and the family moved north to Scotland.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Steel has been recorded under many different variations, including Steele, Steill, Steel, Steal and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steel research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1259, 1524, 1637, 1610, 1680, 1643, 1616, 1662 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Steel History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Steel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Steel family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Steels were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Steel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Steel settled in Connecticut in 1640
- Clement Steel settled in Virginia in 1651
- Eliz Steel, who landed in Virginia in 1663
- Matthew Steel, who landed in Maryland in 1675
- Isaac Steel, aged 23, arrived in Virginia in 1683
Steel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Dennis Steel, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
- Roelof Steel, who arrived in New York in 1715
- Joost Steel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
- Mathew Steel, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
- Hugh Steel, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1759
Steel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Moses Steel, who arrived in New York in 1801
- Archibald Steel, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802
- Margaret Steel, aged 26, arrived in Delaware in 1803
- Martha Steel, who arrived in America in 1805
- Mary Steel, who landed in America in 1805
Steel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Christn Steel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Peter Steel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Samuel Steel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Susana Steel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Joseph Steel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
Steel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Jacob Steel, who arrived in Canada in 1828
- Ann Steel, aged 64, arrived in Quebec in 1834
Steel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Eliza Steel arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839
- Eliza Steel arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
- William Steel arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1851
- Thomas Steel, aged 42, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Ostrich"
- William Steel, aged 28, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
Steel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Steel landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- David Pike Steel, aged 22, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
- Alexander Steel arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
- Margaret Steel arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
- Jane Steel arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
- Danielle Steel (b. 1947), American author known for her romance novels
- Mr. Robert Edward Steel (d. 1912), age unknown, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
- Dr Duncan I. Steel BSc, MSc, DIC, PhD, FRAS (b. 1955), English-born, Australian scientist
- Bryan Steel (b. 1969), English cyclist and multiple Olympic medalist
- Alan Steel (1935-2015), born Sergio Ciani, Italian bodybuilder and actor, known for his roles in Hercules Against the Moon Men (1964), Hercules and the Masked Rider (1963) and Hercules and the Black Pirates (1964)
- John "Ian" Steel (1928-2015), Scottish racing cyclist who in 1952 won the Peace Race
- Mark Steel (b. 1960), British socialist, columnist, author and comedian
- Freda M. Steel, Canadian Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench
- David Steel (1910-2002), Church of Scotland minister
- David Martin Scott Steel KT, KBE, PC (b. 1938), Baron Steel of Aikwood, British and Scottish politician
- The Steele Family in America by Steele Barnett.
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The Steel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Steel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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